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« on: January 17, 2023, 21:49 »
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It started declining at the beginning of 2022 and it fell off a cliff in November. Now I'm making 1/10 of what I used to make in 2019.

January 2023 looks like it's going to be abysmal.

At least Adobe Stock is picking up the slack. They are really taking over the industry. I just hope they continue to treat contributors well.



« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2023, 01:51 »
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Very stable over the last year, after a decline since 2021, the same pattern as Dreamstime and other small agencies.

« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2023, 04:31 »
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123 fell off a cliff for me after years of steady growth. Then I discovered a lot of my portfolio wasn't displaying correctly on the customer end. It's just a broken site.

« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2023, 13:02 »
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123RF was showing good growth up to 2012 or so which is when they cut our take and promised double sales (that never happened). They held on fairly steadily until mid 2018 or so when sales really fell off a cliff for me. As they did a worse job of selling pics they took a larger share of the pie. They have been limping and crawling along ever since.

There are so many things wrong with the site these days I wonder if they even have anyone working on it.

« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2023, 15:15 »
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No idea what is going on with 123rf, I upload new videos but they never get reviewed, i write emails to support but no one ever answers, It's like a zombie stock image site.

« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2023, 16:36 »
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Very stable over the last year, after a decline since 2021, the same pattern as Dreamstime and other small agencies.


My graph looks pretty similar to yours, but I'm not sure if we hit the 123RF peak at the same time.
Anyway, steep decline for 123RF, since the best days of 2017.

« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2023, 19:57 »
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No idea what is going on with 123rf, I upload new videos but they never get reviewed, i write emails to support but no one ever answers, It's like a zombie stock image site.

I have images waiting since October 2022. They love messing with the contributor portal. I can't view part of my portfolio since their recent updates.

I'm done uploading to 123RF.

« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2023, 03:55 »
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After 10 years I finally got my first payout. Only have 140 files with them.

Started to upload again.

But what I read here is pretty hopeless.

« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2023, 10:00 »
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I have about 4,000 images there and 1200 videos. I make $5-$15 a month.  Honestly, I don't know how they stay in business. Then again, Canstock is a dead site as well.  I am at $73 for 2022 with them.  In the end, we can't expect 123 to perform like the giants (Adobe, SS, Getty), but we should be making something reasonable.  But if everyone's sales are so anorexic I can't see how they stay in business.  I predicted that they would go out of biz last year but that didn't happen.  This month, January, I am at $3.25 cents for the month.  I don't really pay much attention to 123 anymore.  If you want to be productive across MS sites, you need to downsize images to 30 or below MB.  123 caps uploads at that per image.  Even some of my downsized images are bigger than 30 MB.  So I just upload and whatever goes through goes through. I don't resize those images that don't go through and resubmit. FK that.  15 years ago I might have, but today, not worth it as sales are non-existent for me.

« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2023, 13:41 »
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It started declining at the beginning of 2022 and it fell off a cliff in November. Now I'm making 1/10 of what I used to make in 2019.

January 2023 looks like it's going to be abysmal.

At least Adobe Stock is picking up the slack. They are really taking over the industry. I just hope they continue to treat contributors well.

Same for me, Adobe Stock doing extremely well :)

« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2023, 11:02 »
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I don't understand it.
I have chosen opt out for PLUS. I also don't get any PLUS income displayed.
The PREMIUM income now looks like this:
In January so far 29 downloads for $3.87.
22 XXL downloads for $0.021 each. Is this a joke???

I will now close my account for good.

In the better times 123rf brought me more than $100 per month - quick upload, little effort. In 2022 it was only $13 per month.

Now it's finally over!


 

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